Libraries and bookstores

Recommended websites

BC public libraries | BC university and college libraries | BC specialized libraries | Canadian and international libraries | Second-hand and antiquarian books | New book retailers

BC public libraries

Public Library InterLINK facilitates open access to its 18 member libraries for all residents. The site includes branch information and links to the websites of libraries in Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Fraser Valley, Gibsons, Lillooet, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pemberton, Port Moody, Richmond, Sechelt, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver and Whistler.

A department of the provincial government dealing with public libraries with extensive statistics and links to legislation.

A searchable online catalogue of holdings in all BC public, college and university libraries.

BC university and college libraries

 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V7J 3H5; Phone: 604.984.4944.

New Westminster Campus Library - 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC, V3M 5Z5; Phone: 604-527-5568. Coquitlam Campus Library, 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7X3; Phone: 604-777-6130.

1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9; Phone: 604.844.3840.

100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., V5Y 2Z6; Phone: 604-323-5388.

Norma Marion Alloway Library: 7600 Glover Road Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1; Phone: 604-513-2023

Broadway Campus - Address: 1155 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 4V5; Phone: 604.871.7326.

Downtown Campus - Address: 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1S9; Phone: 604.443.8339

BC specialized libraries

One of the oldest archival institutions in Canada which, since 1894, has been collecting records particularly on the social and political history of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest.

A non-profit organization providing access to legal information resources to the legal community and general public.

A Chinese language library in Strathcona/Chinatown (small membership fee).

Canada’s leading public safety educator â€“ a post-secondary institution recognized nationally and internationally for continuous improvement and innovative education in the areas of justice and public safety.

Reference and research services primarily for Members of the Legislative Assembly and sometimes the general public who may also access the catalogue and many useful web links online.

Canadian and international libraries

Fourteen million books, three million sound recordings and thousands of newspaper and journal articles to explore.

Canada’s national collection of books, historical documents, government records, maps, photos, links to other libraries across the country, and much more.

USA’s national collection of books, recordings, maps, photographs and manuscripts.

Links to over 100 libraries worldwide updated daily and searchable by country as well as type of library. (See also Libdex.)

Access to websites of library institutions around the world.

A connection to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. Particularly useful for identifying or confirming the existence of a publication.

Second-hand and antiquarian books

Online source for purchasing used, new, rare and out-of-print books from around the world.

Online store selling new, used, out-of-print and rare books through an online network of independent booksellers.

An organization of professional antiquarian booksellers in Canada that buys, sells, evaluates and appraises antiquarian and modern books and manuscripts.

Rare and out-of-print book search business established in 1984

Burnaby neighbourhood bookstore that buys, sells and trades good-quality used, rare and antiquarian books and has a comprehensive guide to secondhand and antiquarian bookstores in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

New book retailers

Vancouver’s largest children’s bookstore with additional online ordering, author events and lots of useful links.

Large online bookseller which also sells music, software, video games and more. (See also and

Online version of large U.S. bookstore.

Site for comparing book prices and finding the best price for new and used books, including textbooks in major online stores. (See also AddALL.)

Canada’s online bookstore.

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